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Unusual NFL Streak – Dale’s Daily Data

Linebacker Takeo Spikes (Getty Images)

It’s a pretty interesting streak in the NFL. He’s a player who played for the Bills for a couple of years and his time here is part of the streak. Remember linebacker Takeo Spikes? That fearsome player the Bills picked up in free agency after he played his first five seasons in Cincinnati.
Spikes is playing for the San Diego Chargers now – his fifth team in the NFL. He’s 35 years old. It’s his 14th season in the NFL. He’s played in the Pro Bowl a couple of times. But what’s incredible is that a guy that’s played the game as long as he has, has never been to the playoffs.
With the Bengals, the Bills, the Philadelphia Eagles, the San Francisco 49ers and now the Chargers. The Chargers have lost six straight games and are last in their division and it looks like he won’t be going to the playoffs again this year. The closest he came was in 2004 when the Bills needed to beat Pittsburgh in the final game of the season to make the playoffs. The Steelers were already in the playoffs and they came to Buffalo and rested most of their starters and with a playoff spot on the line the Bills still couldn’t beat them. That’s as close as Spikes got.
The season after he left the Eagles, the Eagles made the playoffs. And this year after leaving the 49ers, it looks like the 49ers will make the playoffs. He’s gone 198 games without ever playing a playoff game. Maybe being the 13th overall pick in the 1998 draft has something to do with it.
Number two on the list is kicker Rian Lindell of the Bills. 180 games without a playoff appearance.

Number three on the list punter Brian Moorman of the Bills. 171 games without a playoff appearance.

One streak will be ending this year. Defensive end Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts. In his 10th season in the league – he’s been to the playoffs every year since he was drafted. The Colts have yet to win a game this year and are out of playoff contention for the first time in Freeney’s career.


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